Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages in Canada
By Alexander Samuels
Despite opposition from conservatives and religious groups, Canada's House of Commons yesterday approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The legislation known as C-38 passed by a margin of 158 to 133. The bill must next make it through the liberal-dominated Senate and is expected to do so. When the bill becomes law, Canada would become . . . the third nation to approve same-sex marriages following the examples of the Netherlands and Belgium.
An Agape Press article from last week reported that Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin was so in favor of this bill, he had vowed to keep Parliament in session until it could be passed.
In that same article, pro-family activist Brian Rushfeldt of the Canada Family Action Coalition pointed out that his research indicated that only about 3,000 homosexual couples, less than 0.05 percent of the total Canadian population, would even take advantage of the law. He told Agape Press, "Of course, they don't want those figures to come out publicly because it is so minute that people are going to [ask] 'Why did we go through all of this for that few Canadians?' There's something wrong with the system that allows that."
Rushfeldt believes that this type of extreme activism by the prime minister demonstrates that the citizens of Canada no longer live in a democracy. He said, "Even the suggestion that we extend Parliament to try and ram through a piece of legislation, such as the Marriage Amendment Act, is nothing short of socialist, dictatorship-style leadership—in fact, it's not leadership at all; it is dictatorship."
Previously, Canada had passed legislation that limits public discussion of homosexual behavior. Canadian law does not allow anyone to publicly speak against homosexual behavior even for religious reasons. In recent months, radio stations that had allowed pastors to speak out on these issues during broadcasts have been heavily fined.
One cannot help but wonder if the United States will eventually pass similar laws. If and when that day comes, will American Christians follow the examples of Peter and John (Acts 4:18-20) and continue to speak out against the homosexual lifestyle even if laws are passed forbidding it?